Natalie will headline the cast of Australian paynet Foxtel’s original period drama Picnic at Hanging Rock, which goes into production in the state of Victoria next month. She will star as English headmistress Hester Appleyard.
The limited series, based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name, centers on the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and one teacher at Hanging Rock in rural Victoria on Valentine’s Day 1900. It is being produced by FremantleMedia Australia, from scripts by Bea Christian and Alice Addison.
FremantleMedia Australia Director of Drama Jo Porter said: “Picnic at Hanging Rock is celebrated as an iconic, female-led story and we are thrilled to be announcing our strong and diverse cast who will bring the characters to life in the most vivid manner.
“We have an exceptional mix and depth of established names and exciting young Australian talent. Natalie Dormer is known for her bold choices in playing powerful, smart and fearless women. Her rendering of Mrs. Appleyard is sure to be just as intriguing and complex,” she said.
Credit: The Hollywood Reporter.